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Roman-Style Pizzas at Gastown’s Joe Pizza

After a media event in Gastown recently, a few of us were still hungry so we ventured to nearby Joe Pizza for some quick bites.  Joe Pizza is a new venture by Kitchen Table Restaurants (Pizzeria Farina, Ask For Luigi, Pourhouse) specializing in Roman-style (thick crust) pizza.

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Note:  None of the food in this review was complimentary.  This review is done anonymously.  Opinions are my own.

Roman-Style Pizzas

Roman-style pizzas are typically baked in rectangular trays and ahead of time for customers which is a contrast to the fresh-out-of-the-oven Neapolitan-style pizzas.  These are also sold by the slice (pizza al taglio) and priced by weight.

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Charming & Spacious

The interior of Joe Pizza is rather charming with bright windows and a patterned marble flour.  The restaurant is very spacious and perhaps even too spacious considering the few number of diners there were at the time.

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Kristina ( contemplating which pizza to get.

What I Tried

On the left was The Pistachio – a meat-centric pizza topping with mortadella, provolone and pistachios.  On the right was the Pop-Pie (a play on Popeye) with pea puree, ricotta and pancetta.

The crust was light, airy and focaccia-like but perhaps a bit too much (as it was thick) for the amount of toppings.  The toppings seemed to be a good quality though overall not too memorable in terms of taste.

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Overall Impression of Joe Pizza

Perhaps Roman-style pizzas as just not my thing as I really do prefer a fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza with nicely melty cheese.  Unfortunately, my experience at Joe Pizza does not entice me to return.  I would very much prefer to visit their sister restaurant, Pizza FarinaRating: 3/5

Joe Pizza
Address: 2 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC
Website: ‎

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